STEMTISTS Win Strategy & Innovation Award at FLL Finals 2015

STEMTISTS_AwardThe STEMPLOY STEMtists Win ‘Strategy & Innovation’ Award 2015 at the West Virginia FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) State Championship.

The event was held at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV on Saturday, Dec. 5 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The tournament took place in the Falcon Center. The STEMtists, also received 2nd Place for Robot Design at the WV FLL Qualifiers Tournament held on November 21, 2015 at WVU.

Research and Project Plan: Our team’s mission is to start with the county schools and develop a program called, STEMtists Go Green, an Eco-School Food Waste Reduction & Recycling Program, see our plan for the Trash Trek Challenge Research. There is no current collection or recycling in Monongalia County or Morgantown, WV for food waste. We have implemented a student-driven competition into our solution of recycling food waste and limiting the food that goes into landfills.

STEMTISTS_Robot_TableWhat is FIRST LEGO League?

This was an official event.  Teams were judged on robot design, project, and core values in addition to the Trash Trek robot game and awards followed the expanded awards criteria.  Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork.

STEMTISTS_MedalsGuided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.

It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s signature Core Values.

STEMTIST_with_CoachesCongratulations to our STEMTIST Go Green 2015 Team: Coach Marty, Fahmi, Nick, Craig, Gideon, Joseph, and Coach Lynn.

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